The Silicon Eye: Microchip Swashbucklers and the Future of High-Tech Innovation

Overview

Technology insider George Gilder delivers a "compelling" (Wired) look under the hood at a genius-fueled startup.
Thanks to the digital technology revolution, cameras are everywhere—PDAs, phones, anywhere you can put an imaging chip and a lens. Battling to usurp this two-billion-dollar market is a Silicon Valley company, Foveon, whose technology not only produces a superior image but also may become the eye in artificially intelligent machines. Behind Foveon are two legendary ...

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Overview

Technology insider George Gilder delivers a "compelling" (Wired) look under the hood at a genius-fueled startup.
Thanks to the digital technology revolution, cameras are everywhere—PDAs, phones, anywhere you can put an imaging chip and a lens. Battling to usurp this two-billion-dollar market is a Silicon Valley company, Foveon, whose technology not only produces a superior image but also may become the eye in artificially intelligent machines. Behind Foveon are two legendary figures who made the personal computer possible: Carver Mead of Caltech, one of the founding fathers of information technology, and Federico Faggin, inventor of the CPU—the chip that runs every computer.
George Gilder has covered the wizards of high tech for twenty-five years and has an insider's knowledge of Silicon Valley and the unpredictable mix of genius, drive, and luck that can turn a startup into a Fortune 500 company. The Silicon Eye is a rollicking narrative of some of the smartest—and most colorful—people on earth and their race to transform an entire industry.

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Editorial Reviews

David Kushner - Washington Post
“Proof that the spell of the Valley, after decades of booms and busts, is alive and well.”
Wall Street Journal
“Like Foveon’s founders, Mr. Gilder wants to understand vision, albeit of a different kind: the vision of innovators. . . . The unpredictable disorder of markets is, in Microsoft parlance, not a bug but a feature. That’s a lesson that Mr. Gilder’s book drives home.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393328417
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/15/2006
  • Series: Enterprise
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

George Gilder, the best-selling author of numerous books—including Telecosm, Microcosm, and The Spirit of Enterprise—also publishes the influential Gilder Technology Report. He lives in Tyringham, Massachusetts.

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